Losing Talent: Go Ahead, Tell Yourself It’s Mutual

The Office Blend

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I recently published a post at Linkedin entitled, How Not to Manage a High Performer. (The comments are worth a look.) In the article, I discuss all of the ways we, as managers and organizations as a whole, shoot ourselves in the foot where top talent is concerned. We rely too heavily on their collected experience when things become hectic — and essentially drain them dry. We fail to offer them real challenge. Then we forget to say thanks, for a job truly well done.

The employee-employer relationship may have started out on the right foot — and good intentions were plentiful. However, as time marches on the real story emerges. We drop the proverbial “ball”. Then, without fail, the inevitable moment finally occurs and your high performer makes the decision to move on. We’ve forced their hand in many cases, and in truth we’ve actually limited (not energized)…

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